Culture and Society

Cultural diplomacy — a chance to maintain Russia's connection with the world

Since we have mentioned export of our culture, I would say that it is only culture, which today keeps linking us to the rest of the world. Things seem to be very difficult in politics and economy, however everyone knows about our rich cultural heritage. One of the problems here is that we are living on XIX and XX-century heritage, but now in XXI century we are disappearing from the world cultural map. Dmitry Usov tells about evolution of Russian museums and potential that cultural diplomacy has today

National pancake&borshch team. Will Russian cuisine flourish abroad after the World Cup?

The World Cup is more than one month over but its social and cultural echo is still reverberating across Russia. Some analysts believe that a distinct thaw now seen in attitude of Russians towards people from Europe and the United States is directly attributed to contacts established among fans during the World Cup. There also are less expected consequences like, for example, those of the cooking nature

“Many famous contemporary artists created their best works in Penza”

Just 600 kilometres away from Moscow The Legend park, world’s largest centre of contemporary art is flourishing. How to make culture drive regional development, where can one find his place of power, and why does future belong to contemporary art? Konstantin Volkov, founder of the park, entrepreneur and arts patron from Penza answers these questions in his interview

«The sea is on fire». What movies are made in Europe and Russia?

Can cinema have a truly national character, what is so special about the Romanian and the Greek waves in cinema, what issues do European directors put in the centre of their films, and why in Russia and EU people were queuing up to watch “Dovlatov” or “No Love”? We discuss these and other issues with Anton Dolin, cinema critic and editor-in-chief of The Art of Cinema magazine

Political science of soccer. How is big sport connected big politics?

What is the political impact of hosting the World Cup for Russia, how do democratic and authoritarian countries handle mega sports events, and why is Angela Merkel unlikely to be seen watching a football game at a stadium in Russia? Vitaly Gorokhov, political analyst from North Western Institute of Management of RANEPA and head of “Policy and Sports” research answers these questions in his interview

Conference in Yale. Start the study of Russia in one of the leading universities in the USA

Yale University held a large international conference «Regime Evolution, Institutional Change, and Social Transformation in Russia: Lessons for Political Science», which was attended by forty leading experts and researches from the USA, Canada, the UK, Russia, and Ukraine, including Lucan Way (University of Toronto), Henry Hale (GWU, USA), Sam Greene (Kings College, London), Steve Hanson (William and Mary, USA), Tim Frye (Columbia University, New York), Tom Gram (Yale), Celeste Wallander (U.S.-Russia Foundation), Peter Rutland (Wesleyan, USA). From the Russian side the conference was attended by Vladimir Gelman, Olga Malinova, Andrey Melvil, Vyacheslav Morozov, Oleg Harhordin, Boris Kapustin, who is currently a professor in Yale, and a member of the “European Dialogue” group Nickolay Petrov